I’m going back to school tomorrow, I’m really excited about that, but I’m worried about losing the progress I have made in my jewelry business. I am taking a class called the multiple in jewelry and metals and I am also taking the intro to fibers course and an art history course.
I am going to try and manage my time better and plan into my days time to work on the business and times for school work. I have been making jewelry everyday lately, here are a few new pieces I have made, let me know what you think of them. I am planing on doing a photoshoot soon for things to list on etsy.
After taking the intro to Jewelry and Metal-smithing class (in which I got an A) I have learned a lot. one thing that I learned was that it is important to add a patina onto anything copper that I make. I wanted to add a patina to my old copper pieces, but I also wanted an affordable, eco-friendly way to do it. I googled how to patina copper jewelry and I found this website. I learned that there was a way to patina copper using a hardboiled egg, and I wanted to try it out. I thought I would take pictures documenting the process to see how it works. I had made these copper disc earrings a while ago, and never added a patina to them. I thought it might help people to learn about the process here, and here it is:
After 1 hour(there was not much change):
After 2 Hours: (not much more change)
9 hours late (I decided to stop checking in every hour):
I think they turned out really well, what do you think? I think the more time the better, when I do it next I will leave them in overnight, I think. Well let me know what you think, I will be taking better pics and posting them on etsy soon.
School starts tomorrow! I can’t wait. Here is my school schedule, it is a very weird schedule, Mondays and Wednesdays will be wide open, but on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays i will be really busy. I don’t think I will be able to post on my blog everyday, but I will try and post every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. I don’t know how much attention I can pay to my business this semester, because I am going to be full time.
Yesterday I got a cold and was in bed the whole day. I was productive because I was on the internet though using social media and promoting my business all day. I hope I will be all better by tomorrow, when classes start. I’m still a little under the weather right now, but am feeling better than yesterday. I got a haircut on Friday, here’s a pic:
I really like my new haircut what do you think?
My bails came in the mail yesterday! let me back up a little bit. Last summer we went to Door County, WI, and when we were there we went to the Hands on Art Studio and I made a bunch of fused glass tiles, shown here:
I have been wanting to make them into pendants for a long time, but I couldn’t think of the name for what you put on the back for a long time, then it came to me: A Bail! and with that I was able to order them online, on ebay. I got a 50 piece set, it took almost three weeks to come, and they finally came yesterday! So all I needed was to put the bails on the tiles, and for that I used E-6000, a great glue:
and here they are drying:
I let them dry for one day, and here they are, all finished:
I am really happy with the results, and I am going to put them on my etsy store I think I am just going to put the pendants for sale without putting them on necklaces. What do you think about my pendants? Also here’s one last picture of my “helper” Pepe:
Well I hope you like them, please let me know what you think!
Hello sorry I have not written in a while, I have been busy and distracted. I am trying to get back to being serious about my business and I have a little dilemma. I am not sure that my current name accurately reflects my current business. My business name is now “Crafts by Knight” and I am considering changing it to “Jewelry by Knight” originally I had planed on selling other crafts than just jewelry, but I find that I am only selling jewelry now, so I am considering changing it now. There are many pros and cons to changing the name that I will go through them here in order to try and work it out myself.
– It will better identify my brand
– the web domain is available
– I will have to redo all my websites, printed material, email address, etc.
– people won’t know that I have changed my name
I still don’t know what I want to do and would like another person’s opinion, so please let. Kenwood what you think in my comments.
Hello sorry I haven’t written here in a while, I have been very busy with school, also my father passed away on Tuesday September 18th. After that I sort of let my business go, but I am ready to refocus my attention on my business. I ended up dropping two of my classes and went down to two classes. I am now taking just Introduction to Typography and Introduction to Design. Here is a picture of the first project I did for my design class:
I am glad I am still in school as it has been a great distraction for me. I hope to restart this blog and post more regularly. I look forward to your feedback.
Well today was my second day of school and I think I might have bitten off more than I can chew. I am overwhelmed right now. I am enjoying all of my classes so far, but I don’t think I can keep up if I keep going at this pace. I need to figure out what I need to concentrate on and manage my time better. I need to figure out a plan.
I was planning on taking 3 studio classes, what was I thinking? I am going to have to drop one class, but I am unsure as to which class would be the best one for me to drop. I think I am going to drop my jewelry and Metals class because I think it involves the most work and would be the most time consuming outside of class, I think. I am conflicted about dropping jewelry and metals because it was the class that I was looking forward to taking the most. I can still take it in the spring though, and will probably get more out of it when I take it then as opposed to with all of my graphic design courses. I was thinking of dropping my typography class before I went to it today, but it turns out that the teacher is really cool and I know someone who is taking it already, and I think that it could turn into my favorite class of the semester. I guess I already have made my decision. Writing it out here helped me to decide because it clarified my thoughts.
I have many goals this semester and by dropping this one class, hopefully I can meet them. My goals this semester are:
1. Get A’s in all of my classes,
2. Lose weight
3. Work on my business/sell stuff
4. Continue my blog
If I am going to be part-time I can probably devote some time to my etsy store and my business that I would have been unable to do otherwise. Speaking of my etsy store I listed an item last night, check it out here. I will write more about my classes later, right now I am going to sleep because I have to wake up at 8:00 am tomorrow morning. My class doesn’t start until 11:00 am, but I want to work out, and I need to set a precedent if I want to get in shape this semester. I have to take the bus so I have to leave around 9, which will give me enough time to get to school, by about 9:45, I hope, and then workout and shower, which I am budgeting an hour for, which takes me to 10:45, which gives me 15 min to get across campus to the lecture hall where my class is held.
Let me know what you think about my blog. I look forward to hearing from my readers.